Royal Blood: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes
“Royal Blood” is a very unique piece, combining a traditional history portrait with a modern-day courtroom breakdown. Fit for both new-comers to the topic ( ...more
Royal Blood is informative, engaging, but also rather frustrating. It reads like a thoroughly researched term paper by someone well-versed in the subject matter, but in a hurry and unwilling to alter his already-decided thesis.
If you want to know the story of the end of the Plantagenet line, all the facts may be here. But I'm not quite sure, because there aren't the usual footnotes and references that should be in a nonfiction history, and I find that pretty unforgivable. I want to be able to...more
There's enough detail on the book from other reviewers that I needn't rehash it again. I found Field's argu ...more
1. While Fields notes the names of his sources ...more
Fields' analysis of the situation is thorough in its attempt to determine the guilt of Richard III in the deaths of his nephews. Indeed, by looking closely at many of the established 'facts', Fields actu ...more
I was sceptical when I started to read this, being written by someone who, according to the books jacket is ‘widely regarded as the most prominent entertainment lawyer in the US’, but I am interested in hearing other people’s views on what has happened and if could really answer the mystery of the Princes in the Tower as it claimed, I was all for it as no-one e ...more
No one knows.
No one ever WILL know.
I kept wondering why the author brought up Allison Weir, until I realized -- he's conducting an unofficial legal case in which she is the Prosecutor. The flaw in that is bringing her name into it constantly, rather than merely writing opposing arguments and answering it -- this gives the book an accusatory tone, as if he has an axe to grind.
There's not a lot here for readers familiar with the individual historie ...more
Fields' work is refreshing in that, while he advocates for Richard, he is never completely convinced that Richard may not be guilty. In other words, this might be the most straightforward account of the mystery and the possible suspects. It ...more
Read the book and decide for yoursel ...more
Royal Blood is a thorough examination of the mystery surrounding the sons of King Edward IV of England, the so-called “Princes in the Tower,” through the eyes of a modern attorney. Not long after being declared illegitimate and placed in the Tower in their uncle’s custody in 1483, the boys vanished. Their uncle became Richard III, and rumors quickly spread that they had been killed. Yet within a year, their mother left sanctuary and entrusted her five remainin ...more
In this pragmatic, eye-opening book by Bertram Fields, I feel like I finally got a truly unbiased approach, not only for the princes in the Tower but also ...more
Had Fields simply made his case without attacking others who have also written about Richard and the princes - mainly Alison Weir - this would have been a much better text. But time and again he takes shots SPECIFICALLY at her, saying her conclusions are illogical, she's wrong, etc. But then he goes on to do the exact same things time and again that he accuses others of doing, ...more
The turn off for me, was the fact ...more
(view spoiler)[Using the presumption of innocence argument, Fields concludes with what just about anyone somewhat knowledgeable about the Wars of the Roses already knows or suspects: "Unfortunately, an objective analysis of the facts known today does not allow for certainty or even near certainty as to Richard's innocence or guilt. And, DNA tests or n ...more
It took very few pages of this book to realize that it was written not to explore a new idea, but that the author went into it feeling that Richard III was really a misunderstood good guy, and he twists facts and stretches truths to try ...more
Was it king Richard the III??? or was it some one completely Different who wanted To put Henry Tudor on the throne??
I have to say books like this fascinate Me. I've been to London tower and badly want to go ag ...more
One tidbit from Mr. Field's research has me stumped ... he claims that one of the reasons he doesn't ...more
The best opening to the whole story is Tey's The Daughter of Time. This, however, villainizes St Thomas More, kind of tit for tat. Tey, like all other Ricardian ...more
In addition to his work with the law (which includes teaching at Stanfo ...more